Bhante Anandajoti on the Four Assemblies
This is a Dhamma Talk given at the Vivekavana Buddhist Society on September 18th to celebrate the First Annual International Bhikkhuni Day, which was held the day before.
The talk discusses the original intentions behind the organisation of the Buddhist community, how that has changed over time, and the benefits there would be in returning to the Buddha’s original intentions.
Along the way the talk takes into consideration the original organisation of the Sanghas, their relationships internally and externally, and how and why these changed in the Middle Ages.
A large part of the talk also considers Buddhist women, particularly the Bhikkhuni Sangha, their role in history and the advantages of re-establishing the Sangha in the present time.
The recording was taken straight from the amplifier, which means the questions were that were asked at the end of the talk were lost, and so have to be inferred from the answers :)
The talk is just over an hour long and was originally given in English with a Mandarin translation, but the translation was made off-mike and has been removed from the talk as presented here.